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Opinion

July 28, 2013

Public Eye

(Continued)

Last week, Cameron said he won’t pursue the idea of requiring strippers to be licensed by the city, citing constitutional concerns. But that’s not to say he’s run out of ideas.

The latest one to attract his interest is the idea of taxing lap dances. He plans to broach the idea when the council’s Public Safety & Welfare committee meets Monday.

“There is a ton of money flowing through those places, and it’s all cash,” Cameron noted.

The idea might not be as far-fetched as it might seem. The city of Philadelphia has gone to court recently to argue the city’s 5 percent amusement tax should apply to lap dances. The city’s strip clubs are banding together tofight it.

Clarification

In the July 7 edition of The Public Eye, we passed along an obvious misstatement from Howard County Election Board member Mark Bourff which should have been double-checked.

At the July election board meeting, Bourff claimed, wrongly, that one candidate in the 2011 city election received thousands more votes than any other candidate on the ballot. Bourff was corrected at the meeting by other members, who noted Mayor Greg Goodnight had received 5,596 votes in his landslide victory over Republican Scott Kern. The next highest vote-getters were Kokomo Common Council at-large candidates Bob Hayes, with 4,500 votes, and Mike Kennedy, with 4,484 votes. Both election board chairman Jim Watkins and Howard County Clerk Kim Wilson said there was nothing unusual in the count.

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